Chennai: Actor Kamal Haasan will find out today if his film Vishwaroopam, which was banned by the Tamil Nadu government, can release in the state. At a press conference this afternoon, the Tamil superstar said that he wants to live in a secular state, even if that means leaving India.
Here are 10 big developments in this story:
Madras High Court is expected to decide this afternoon whether
Vishwaroopam is a threat to communal harmony and should screen in Tamil
Last night, a judge of the Madras High Court who reviewed
Vishwaroopam cancelled a two-week ban on the film introduced last week by
The government has appealed against that verdict.
Some Muslim groups in Tamil Nadu allege that the film's portrayal of
Muslims is offensive and derogatory.
Kamal Haasan, who acts in the
95-crore film which he has also directed and produced, said he has
pledged his house and other properties to a money-lender. His lawyers
have stressed in court that the film is losing crores everyday because
it has not released in Tami Nadu cinemas.
Kamal Haasan said he is being used "as an instrument in a political game."
refuted allegations that his film is anti-Muslim and said that if India
cannot prove itself to be secular, he will move to another country.
"Husain did it, now Haasan will do it," he said, referring to the artist
MF Husain, who was forced to move abroad after protests and threats by
The actor reassured his fans that no matter
where he is, he will make Tamil films. "It is the only thing I am good
at," he joked, one of the few light moments in his press conference.
The film was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification, headed
by Leela Samson. She said the government's intervention equals an
infringement of the constitutional right to freedom of expression.
Neighbouring states in South India were also jittery about the film,
but it released on Tuesday in Karnataka with clearance from the police.
In countries like the US and UK, the film is running houseful.